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Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
, and he brought them in in the '60s, early '60s. he was going out to china, presumably. yeah, to shanghai, mainly. tell you what, he had a good eye. he could have bought real rubbish, but he didn't. these are actually very nice paintings. right. the chinese, for a couple of thousand years had this fantastic system whereby if you wanted to get on in life, you took exams and you could be the humblest peasant and if you passed your three exams you were made for life. and the exams were not like our "a" levels or anything like that. it was serious stuff. i mean, it was you know, big time. and mostly after you passed your exams you would progress through the civil service. a very few got through the exams and said "i'm gonna drop out. "i don't want to be an administrator. "i want to go out into the landscape and right poetry. i want to paint paintings." and these were the literati, and this is the sort of thing that they did. and what's fascinating about this is we've got here, effectively, the table on which you did your scrolls. i've never noticed that. now, here we have a painting
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